signed for new railway
|Railway workers carry
out maintenance work on the track in Kim Mon District in the northern
province of Hai Duong. A project to build the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban
railway, costing US$350 million, will start soon.—VNA/VNS Photo Bui
HA NOI — A US$350
million bidding agreement for the construction of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban
railway project was signed yesterday between the Railway Department and a
It was the largest bidding
package so far for design, equipment and installation between the China Railway
No.6 Engineering Group Co and the Viet Nam Railway Department.
Under the agreement,
signed in Ha Noi, the Chinese partner will provide 52 carriages, build the
viaduct and railway stations and provide the technology.
expected to finished in 2014, is to serve the Southwest to the inner city, the
busiest route in Ha Noi," department deputy director Tran Quy Thuong said.
Four-carriage trains will
travel the 13km route with an average speed of 35km per hour and a maximum speed
of 80km per hour with the capacity of 28,500 passengers an hour.
The line is the biggest
part of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated train project, which will cost $552
million, with $419 million funded by a loan from the Chinese Government.
It will have 12 overhead
stations, starting from Cat Linh, in front of the Horizon Hotel, through Hao
Nam, Hoang Cau, Thai Thinh 1, Nga Tu So, Nguyen Trai, Tran Phu, Quang Trung,
National Highway 6 and the new Ha Dong coach station.
The project is one of
those to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi.— VNS